BUFFALO (LGS) — Whatever you did in preparing for Game 1, do it again.
All Buffalo superstitions paid off Thursday and look to do the same Saturday (7:30 p.m., MSG-TV, TSN-TV, VS-TV, WGR-AM) as the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Islanders in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Buffalo looks to build on its 1-0 series lead, following Thursday’s 4-1 victory.
Co-captain Chris Drury and Brian Campbell each scored twice, while Dainius Zubrus recorded three assists in the Sabres' victory. Tim Connolly added an assist in his return to playoff hockey.
The lone blemish came off of the stick of Arron Asham after a giveaway by Derek Roy in the Islanders' zone.
The Islanders will be leaning on goaltender Rick DiPietro who is returning from two concussions suffered last month. But for the Islanders, goaltending wasn’t the problem in Game 1 with Wade Dubielewicz making 31 saves.
"I don't think we were aggressive enough," Jason Blake said after practice Friday. "You can't sit back and watch the Buffalo Sabres, the best team in the league... skate around with the puck all day. We've got to play the way we played when we won hockey games."
Despite DiPietro’s 32-19-9 record, Dubielewicz was a large part of the reason New York made the playoffs, as he won the final four games of the season.
Daniel Briere was held out of practice yesterday after blocking a shot in Game 1. The injury, however, will not keep him out of the lineup.